The Human Element Bugged By Computer
I speak of myself going to the Webster library with a load of chess books (classics) and with pure intentions of helping build interest in chess free of the horrible cost of what a good chess library should contain. While I have always felt that good books top a computer program every time for instructional value especially at the beginners’ level, the flak I get from librarians is the same old story: “Kids today use computers.” Their interest in providing even a shelf for chess draws a blank stare of disinterest.
Chess has been shown for many years to benefit people with mental disorders. The game has a peculiar attraction that stimulates the brain to recognize a value system which enables patients to socialize as individuals as well as in groups. Published research suggests that chess has a therapeutic value and aids in treatment.